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Calgary Coworking Alliance advocates for members and community

February 22, 2018

The Calgary Coworking Alliance was born from a need for support and collaboration, in lieu of competition, within their unique industry.

“I think a lot of people still don’t know what coworking is, so it’s nice to have a community that understands,” says Calgary Coworking Alliance founding member Lina Huffman, co-founder of The Bridge. The Alliance came about as Lina attempted planning a coworking space pub crawl. “Suddenly we became the Alliance, and we still haven’t actually gone on that crawl.”

Coworking spaces are offices shared by a rotating cast of professionals, often who either don’t need or can’t afford their own offices, to save on overhead costs. Coworking facilities provide more than a desk and other office infrastructure, they also connect their members with people from outside their community through facilitated workshops, networking events, and member presentations.

Calgary currently has more than 30 coworking offices, the following seven are members of the Calgary Coworking Alliance: Work Nicer, The Bridge, The Collective 1212, ReSourceYYC, EFFECTIV, Assembly Coworking Space, and The Commons. Lina says it’s important they have a “unified front,” and often refer potential members back and forth between the offices.

“It’s okay if you like one space over another,” Lina says. “It's more important to us that you find the space that gives you the most benefits.”

The Calgary Coworking Alliance operates on three pillars: collaboration, comarketing, and advocacy – toting the importance of working together to solve common issues, from cutlery gone AWOL to making sure the needs of their members are being met by giving them a voice.

“At the end of the day, everything we do is about the members of our spaces and their goals,” says Work Nicer founder Alex Putici.

“If we can play well with our ‘competitors,’ so can everyone else.”


Click here to learn more about the Calgary Coworking Alliance.
Want to see if coworking is right for you? Connect with the three Alliance members that are part of REAP: Assembly Coworking Space, The Bridge, and Work Nicer.
Check out the Coworking section of the REAP directory here.

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If food waste was a country it would be the 3rd largest producer of GHGs

Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: Five Tenets of Conscious Brands

Feb. 27, 2018 - Feb. 27, 2018

5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Meet fellow, like-minded business leaders who care about our community and are committed to driving business to make the future better! Join us for REAP's next Sustainability for Breakfast: Five Tenets of Conscious Brandson February 27 - facilitated by Rob E. Sinclair, founder of Conscious Brands™.

Get ready to have big-picture conversations with other big-picture thinkers - to learn and share what you are seeing, thinking and doing to bring forward an industry of conscious brands.

The session is designed to be a dialogue around what a conscious brand is (now) and could look like (future) leading to a conscious industry (scaling impact).

In small groups, we will discuss emerging trends in conscious business, what the implications are to your company and, ultimately, co-create an industry of conscious companies.

On top of your personal notes, we will collect and share the key insights from the session with you. You will leave knowing many other leaders beyond their name and role on a business card. Lastly, you will leave with a more clear sense of how to be a more conscious business leader.

This is an invitation to bring your whole self to this session and together we will co-create an industry of conscious brands.

Rob Sinclair is the founder of Conscious Brands, and strongly believes in T. Harv Eker’s maxim that “how you do anything is how you do everything.” He helps businesses grow and thrive by showing them the inherent value of taking their economic, human and natural capital into account, and working with all of those resources. He believes that there can’t be sustainability without collaboration, and there can’t be culture without community.

Join us for a delicious locally sourced breakfast, networking with Calgary's business leaders, and all of the inspiration and learning you can digest!

Admission: $30/person, also accepting 100% Calgary Dollars


Arrival, breakfast & networking 8:00-8:30 am
Presentation and group discussions with Rob Sinclair 8:30-9:45 am
Wrap up 9:45-10:00 am

Food: Breakfast will include gluten-free and vegan options, coffee, and tea.

Access: This venue is accessible for all people with limited mobility.

Parking: Free parking is located around the building. Visit ( for transit options.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association.Bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity.
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Did you know?

REAP's Community Orchards absorb 14 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year